Almost every major smartphone manufacturer has its own voice assistant. With the advancement of technology, the company has the goal of smart devices in users’ pockets and homes, raising questions about privacy.
In correspondence, Apple filed a lawsuit alleging that the company’s voice assistant named Siri incorrectly recorded private conversations. According to Reuters, in a ruling related to the case, the judge ruled that the company would have to face a lawsuit.
Apple has requested the dismissal of the lawsuit, and Oakland Federal District Judge Jeffrey S. White (Jeffrey S. White) had a lawsuit dismissed that caused economic harm to users. But he ruled that the plaintiff who tried to file a class-action lawsuit could go on to file a lawsuit for violation of user privacy.
The judge stated that the plaintiff can file a claim for breach of the federal wiretapping laws and California privacy laws and breach of contract by Apple. However, he dismissed the claim of unfair competition. The case alleges that Siri triggered unsolicited recorded conversations that shouldn’t have been there, and passed the data to a third party.
One Siri user stated that after he had a private conversation with a doctor about “brand-name surgical treatment”, he received a specific advertisement about the treatment, while two other users stated that they were discussing Air Jordan sneakers, Pit Viper sunglasses, And “Olive Garden” prompted them to receive advertisements for these products.
Apple is not the only company facing lawsuits. Its rivals Google and Amazon are also facing accusations that their voice assistants violate user privacy. These companies deny that they are listening to the conversation for any purpose other than the intended purpose.